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jason str

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  1. I an a new Ubuntu convertee. Well, as of last fall. I now use Linux for full on digital image editing. On my Mac I used Adobe Bridge into Adobe Camera Raw---into Photoshop CS2. On my Ubuntu machine I use DigiKam into UFRaw into GIMP and get exactly the same results. The only difference is that my Linux machine cost about half of my Mac machine, and runs twice as fast. One of the things Ubunto did is make software installation fast easy and actually bulletproof. It's easier than Mac, and far easier than Windows. You simple start"Software Center" - select the software you want - and it downloads and installs the applications and all required drivers in one key press. It don't get much easier than that. Support is done by the Ubuntu community. It's actually quite good. On the HP Mini netbook I bought it came with Windows 7 Home version, or Beginners version or something like that. It was a heap of pure almost useless garbage - really. It was like pushing putty on that little notebook. It took forever to boot on the little Atom processor, and then it was a constant flow of ludicrous Windows warnings, messages, offers to buy, offers to load Virus programs, extraneous warnings, security downloads, flags, dialog boxes, confirmations, settings, trial softwares and on and on and on. To actually get to a web site took like 5 minutes from a cold start. I wiped Win 7 off, loaded my Ubuntu thumb drive with Mobile Remix Ubuntu, and was off to the races. The little Atom takes 30 seconds to boot, make a WiFi connection, get Firefox running, and get to a web site. No bull crap whatsoever. It's the most elegant little OS I have right now. My HP Mini runs faster than my Intel iMac with Snow Leopard. There is still one downside to Linux. No matter how you slice it, or which distro you choose, you WILL have to learn half a dozen Unix terminal command lines. They just can't seem to let go of that tradition to save their lives. Oh, and one other tradition they keep: the worst, nerdiest naming of software programs you will ever find. I still don't get that one. But, I guess if you are a Unix gearhead from the 70s with a long beard and Berinstock sandals it all has some kind of perfect cosmic sense. OTOH, everyone seems to confirm that Windows 7 is far superior to Vista, so that's a good thing. All those messages you received was from HP not Windows, they are easilly removed. The Atom should not come with Windows Vista or 7, it does not have enough resources. Why do they sell it like that then you ask ? Because they make money off it selling to the people who dont know better.
  2. Too late, probably already gone. Oh wait that only happens to me right ?
  3. LOL, no war i just game alot so Linux does nothing for me. Does Linux now offer media player for music and movies so a HTPC is a possability ? Ihave not used it for some time so excuse me if im not up to date with the latest & greatist.
  4. Customer support is nice to have in a pinch but lets face it you cant understand what the heck are saying anyways with aka "Tom's" thick Pakistani accent. []
  5. Nice, i wonder how many days that pretty foam surround would last before it turned to dust ?
  6. Linux is nice if you are a cheapskate computer nerd that only surfs the internet but many applications, games and other misc goodies do not work with it. Windows Vista and 7 is fine in both 32 & 64 bit, you just need to spend more time with it to know where everything is and how it works, i ran Vista 64 since it was still on the drawing board and had no issues besides my older printer not working for a few months until a driver was released and could not figure out why everybody was slamming it, turns out nobody gave it enough time to get used to it or was trying to run it on a outdated sysyem that did not have the extra resources to run the new O.S. Security you say, its free. Avast home edition works well but there are many good free options out there.
  7. I would have to vote for the speakers myself and would be happy even to downgrade to a off the shelf receiver for power, why you ask ? Nothing less images or sounds quite like the Klipsch big boys and i have heard most but not all of the Klipsch lineup (yes i still have not heard a set of stock Belle's) [] . No matter how you sugar cote a speakers sound with fancy electronics any design has its limits to how its going to sound, for example lets say i kept my first real set of speakers (a set of late 70's Jensen 2 way's) and kept upgrading amp after amp until i had the best sound ever in my mind, then i mozy over to Simply Stereo and hear a set of Klipschorns for the first time, i bet i would be kicking myself in the *** for spending all that dough on that fancy power goods for nothing, just another fool spending money where it does no good.
  8. No worries about about components, as long as your parts are not totally outdated there will be no incompatibility issues.
  9. Bump to the top. Next project starting soon, this needs to sell.
  10. My advice would be to build your own, its really very easy to do once you get all your components together. Buying from the big names will get you nothing but the cheapist components available for the most they can sell them for. For $1000 you can build a very nice system if you dont need super high performance, Intel skt 775 would be my pick if you dont need the latest & greatist, save some cash and still have a quick system. You do not need 6 gb of memory, 4 gb is plenty unless you are doing memory intensive projects. Mac is nice for checking e mail and surfing the web but if you need a personal computer get just that, use the extra $$$ for something else.
  11. In general the Altecs will have better mid range and the Cornwall will produce more bass. Both have their own qualities, if you get a chance to hear them both your choice will be easy, pick the ones that sound best to you.
  12. Normally i like to use 3 rubber feet to keep away any sign of instability from a uneven floor.
  13. The screws you need to remove are normally the ones on the outside edge of the amp. Double check you have all the screws out that attatch the amp to the cabinet, sometimes it takes a little prying to dislodge the amp. If you still have no idea what you are doing post a picture of the amp side of the subwoofer so we can get a better idea of where you are having troubles.
  14. We had horn speakers in our house as long as i can remember, i just thought it was normal when i was growing up. Now Im past 40 nothing has changed and probably never will.
  15. Unplug your cables to the amp Remove the screws from the amp & carefully dislodge the amp from cabinet, look inside and see if the speaker cable is soldered at both ends. If soldered just cut the wire with cutters and repair later, if not just unattatch the wire from the connection, done.
  16. The Tuba is great for music, my Dayton 240 watt amp rolls off under 22 hz . The Titan is geared for live shows What i like about the Tuba HT is the sound, never have i been happy with a subwoofer, all can pound and boom to make things shake some better than others but since hearing the Tuba its like stepping into a whole different category of sound and takes getting used to, like pulling the cotton out of your ears and hearing it all over again. Bass notes so clean and do not seem to roll off on the bottom like normal systems i heard in the past Of course not all music benefits from having a good subwoofer but those that do want to hear it like never before should at least look into one of these big horn loaded units. Very easy to blend into your system, midbass does not become sloppy. Next i will build the Table Tuba, a smaller version subwoofer for more experimenting and room positioning options. As for the brace in the LaScala i think it will be a good and easy task to get done sometime soon.
  17. What you need to get to finish off the missing link is a Tuba HT and 100 watt plate amp, it really adds depth and realism like nothing else. Anything under 70 or 80 hz is perfent, in fact i was thinking of installing the horn mouth braces on my LaScala's to see if it gets rid of the next weakest link, great sounding bass but some frequencies do not sound very natural and i think it may just be the cabinet, it seems to be more apparent at higher volumes.
  18. I would just upgrade to new capacitors and be done with it, changing the wire will not affect the sound.
  19. I see they gave the person some tickets first, sorry my mistake for not reading carefully enough. Still this calls for drastic measures, i do not see any quality Bose equipment so it could not have been that loud.
  20. No warning or fine first, how long before the people compare it to Nazi Gremany ? Looks like another job for a big bag of roofing nails in the neighbors driveways to me. Setup a moble tire repair shop on the corner to get your $$$ back for louder equipment. [Y]
  21. Post a picture so we can see where the rip is.
  22. Its almost impossible to know what you have there until the leaves are out, repost when they are out.
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